Ann Rich, Land Bank Scavenger Hunt winner. — Photo courtesy of M.V. Land Bank

Free winter clothing

FaithMV Church of Edgartown is having a winter coat and clothing giveaway on Saturday, October 29, from 10 am to 2 pm at 359 County Road (right next to Jardin Mahoney’s Nursery in Oak Bluffs). Winter coats, gloves, sweaters, socks, hats, blankets, and comforters will be given away. To contribute winter clothing to the giveaway, call 508-687-9097.

Special Olympics considered

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) is holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 1, for those interested in getting involved in Special Olympics Massachusetts, a statewide program that promotes year-round sports training, competitions, and other health-related programming for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Community Services is hoping to start a program here and invites all potential athletes, families, coaches, and volunteers to attend the meeting and find out more about the initiative. The meeting will be from 4 to 6 pm in the board room, on the lower level of the middle building, MVCS, 111 Edgartown Road across from the high school. For more information, call Sharon Clauss-Zanger at 508-693-7900, ext. 206.

Sharing Circle

Starting next Thursday, November 3, a Sharing Circle will he held from 7:30 to 9 pm on the first Thursday of every month at the Yoga Barn on South Road in Chilmark. Sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Whole Health Alliance, the circle is intended for those “…invested in creating a healthy, empowered, and vibrant Vineyard community,” according to a press release. “Come to share your heart and vision. Help us create a supportive and inspired network of healers, educators, and community builders. Sharing will be done in talking-stick fashion and will respect confidentiality.”

For more information, call Martha Abbot at 508-693-5364.

Island nonprofits in Vineyard trivia faceoff

Teams representing the Vineyard Conservation Society, the Polly Hill Arboretum, The MV Museum, and The FARM Institute will compete in a game of “How Green is Your Vineyard?” at Sharky’s in Edgartown on Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 pm.

Each organization has assembled a four-person team to play the new trivia board game. The winning team will be crowned as the Vineyard’s “Green Giant.” A bag of canned goods will be donated to the Island Food Pantry in the name of the winner.

A portion of the sale of each board game is donated to the Vineyard Conservation Society and the Polly Hill Arboretum. For more information, contact Geoff Rose at 774-836-4397 or

Nonprofits supported by M.V. Savings Bank

The Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund, has recently awarded $11,000 in grants to eight community groups and local nonprofit organizations.

Advised by donors, the fund is administered by the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard. “Through the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund, we feel we can really make a difference in the communities we serve. We look forward to supporting more nonprofits working to meet community needs throughout the year,” said Chris Wells, President of the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank.

Receiving grants were Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV), Aquinnah Cultural Center, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Friends of Edgartown Council on Aging, Island Elderly Housing, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, and YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard.

The Charitable Fund reviews requests for support quarterly. More information about the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund and its community grants program is available online at

Land Bank scavenger hunt winner

Five separate participants photographed at least 15 of 20 locations in a summer-long scavenger hunt, part of The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission’s 25th anniversary activities. From a hat that contained the names of the five successful hunters, the winner was drawn. She is Ann Rich of Chicago, Illinois, who won a rustic bench, hand-crafted by the Land Bank’s property maintenance staff. Ms. Rich plans to keep the bench on the Island at the home of her mother-in-law on the Lagoon in Oak Bluffs.

New Children’s School director

Kimberly Morris-Wadleigh has been appointed the new director of the Island Children’s School on Halcyon Way in West Tisbury.

After receiving an undergraduate and Master’s degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Ms. Morris-Wadleigh worked in administrative and classroom settings with pre-school and special education students on the Vineyard and in the Dedham public school system. “As an educator and parent, her deep knowledge of children is a wonderful addition to the nurturing environment at Island Children’s School,” the school said in a press release.

For more information, including currently available spaces at the school for children between 2.9 and 5 years old, call Kimberly at 508-693-5815.